Bridge Projected To Open June 14
6:52 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

ODOT Optimistic About Lexington/Purcell Bridge Opening

The Lexington-Purcell Bridge
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Oklahoma Department of Transportation Executive Director Mike Patterson said Monday the agency is optimistic the bridge between Lexington and Purcell will reopen to traffic by June 14 as scheduled.

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No life threatening injuries
6:15 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Trooper And Cadet Shot During Training Exercise

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a trooper and a cadet have been shot during a training exercise.

The patrol says they were shot Monday at the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office shooting range. A spokeswoman, Lt. Betsy Randolph, says both were taken to the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in good condition.

The shooting occurred about 3:45 p.m. Randolph says that during the exercise, the cadet and the trooper were accidentally shot with one bullet through the leg and through the hand.

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Tourism And agriculture use state's assets
4:43 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Oklahoma To Encourage Tourism Through Wine And Music

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Tourism and agriculture officials are hoping to entice visitors to Oklahoma this summer through wine and music.

The Department of Tourism and the Department of Agriculture are launching separate initiatives to showcase the state's musical heritage and wineries through "trails," — itineraries that will take visitors across the state.

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Politics and Government
12:03 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

VIDEO: Lankford Criticizes Administration For Not Consulting Congress About Gitmo Release

The prisoner exchange that won freedom for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after five years in Taliban hands is stirring a debate over whether the exchange will heighten the risk of other Americans being snatched as bargaining chips and whether the released detainees will find their way back to the fight.

U.S. Rep. and Senate candidate James Lankford (R-Okla. 5) says he believes the Obama administration broke the law by not notifying Congress before releasing five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:30 am
Mon June 2, 2014

The Adventure of Civility: Four Encouragements From ‘On Being’ Host Krista Tippett

'On Being' host Krista Tippett delivering her talk 'The Adventure of Civility' April 8 at Mayflower Congregational UCC church in Oklahoma City.
Brian Hardzinski KGOU

Listen to Krista Tippett's 'The Adventure of Civility' followed by the full audience question-and-answer session.

Oklahoma native and public radio’s On Being host Krista Tippett started her Civil Conversations Project to approach the questions we don’t know how to ask each other. Through a series of podcasts and online resources, she’s working to create hospitable spaces in communities and families to discuss issues like race, religion, and abortion in ways that go deeper than talking points and labels.

She spoke about her “adventure of civility” April 8 at Mayflower Congregational UCC church in Oklahoma City, and offered four encouragements from her life’s work of conversation.

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10:17 am
Mon June 2, 2014

76-Year-Old Grove Man Identified As Heartland Virus Victim

The tick Amblyomma americanum (Lone Star tick)
Credit Division of Vector Borne Infectious Diseases / U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A U.S. army veteran whose family said he was otherwise healthy was identified as the first Oklahoma victim of the Heartland virus.

Family members confirmed to the Tulsa World that 76-year-old Jerry Lee Mitzer was the second person to die nationally after complications from the virus. The Grove man died May 21.

Mitzner, who normally rose for the day at 4:30 a.m. and worked long hours at his lawn service, was unusually fatigued, [his daughter Melissa] Crowther said.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
6:30 am
Mon June 2, 2014

2011 Joplin Tornado Served As Wake Up Call For School Officials

Irving Elementary School in Joplin, Mo. is one of several public school buildings damaged or destroyed by a 2011 tornado. Since the storm hit on Sunday, no one was inside the buildings.
Credit Gail Banzet-Ellis

Two years ago, a violent tornado hit Joplin, Mo. at a time when children were not in their classrooms. If the day and time had been different, that community could have become known for students killed by a storm, instead of Moore, Okla.

That near miss caused officials with the Joplin schools to look at storm shelters in a new light.

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Business Intelligence Report
5:03 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Top Business Stories: Homeless Count, Courting Cabela's

Dan Straughan, right, executive director of the Oklahoma City Homeless Alliance, fields questions after presenting the results of an annual survey of the city’s homeless population at United Way headquarters in Oklahoma City on Friday.
Credit Samuel Perry/The Journal Record

The number of homeless people in Oklahoma City appears to be falling, but advocates say they could help more people find a place to live, if they had more workers to help.

A recent survey found about 1,400 homeless people in Oklahoma City. That’s about 380 people less than last year.

The Oklahoma City Homeless Alliance said that it has enough housing for 10 people each month. But it only has enough caseworkers to help two people a month manage the change.

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Take Shelter Oklahoma Effort Begins This Wednesday
11:37 am
Sun June 1, 2014

New Petition Planned For Oklahoma School Shelters

Take Shelter Oklahoma counting petitions the first time they attempted to start a ballot initiative to fund school shelters.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

It's been a little more than a year since seven Oklahoma children were killed when massive tornado destroyed their school.

But their families and other advocates are no closer to the goal of building storm shelters in every Oklahoma public school.

Organizers this week will begin circulating their second initiative petition calling for a statewide vote to fund the construction after abandoning the first one because of significant changes made by the Oklahoma attorney general's office.

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Heading Toward Tahlequah
9:41 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Cherokee Members Retracing Trail Of Tears

Trail of Tears Marker

Nineteen Cherokee Indians are set to begin a 950-mile bicycle ride as part of the annual "Remember the Removal" ride commemorating the forced removal of Cherokees from the southeastern United States to what is now Oklahoma.

Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and members of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma who are making the ride gathered Friday in Cherokee, North Carolina, before leaving for Georgia for the start of the journey on Sunday.

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